Though overall flood situation in Odisha has improved with a gradual fall in the water levels of major rivers, the miseries of the people continues unabated in rural pockets.
The problem has increased due to lack of water discharge to the sea in view of the full moon day. “The water discharge is affected due to high tidal condition for full moon,” Chief Engineer , Water Resources, Jyotirmaya Rath told Media.
He said the full moon has been restricting the flood water from entering into the sea. It will take another three to four days for the situation to improve, he said.
The official said the water discharge from Hirakud dam has declined and only 24 gates remained open at 9 pm on Tuesday against 32 gates at 6 PM in the morning.
The water flow at Mundali near Cuttack at 9 PM in night has also come down to 8,95,708 cusec against 10,02,823 cusec in the morning.
The water level of Mahanadi has started receding due to lesser flow of floodwaters from the upper catchments due to scanty rainfall in Chhattisgarh in the past 48 hours
By 6 am on Tuesday, the water level of the Hirakud dam was 625.91 feet as against the optimum level of 630 feet. In the night at 9 PM, the water level stands at 625.56 feet and gradually declining, the official said.
At the same time, the discharge of floodwaters at Khairmal, Barmul and Mundali has also receded.
Barring the water level at Naraj of Mahanadi, which is flowing at a height of 26.59 feet and falling.
Everywhere, the water level has been falling except at Anandapur of Baitarani, Jamsola at Rajghat. Gunupur of Vansadhara and Mathani of Jalaka river.
The miseries of the people in the marooned villages have been compounded as water level remain unchanged in Puri, Jajpur and Kendrapara district.